CHICAGO (CBS) — An elderly man was killed in a carjacking attempt Wednesday afternoon in Hyde Park, just a few blocks from the University of Chicago campus.
Police said around 12:40 p.m., officers responded to a call of a robbery near 53rd Street and Kimbark Avenue.READ MORE: Transgender Attorney Says Judges And Clerks Have Harassed Her; Fights For Change
The attack happened about three blocks northeast of the University of Chicago campus.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, relatives identified the victim as 73-year-old Vietnam veteran Keith Cooper.
Witnesses told police two carjackers tried to take Cooper’s vehicle, and punched him in the head, according to UCPD. Cooper was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Cooperâs daughter, Keinika Carlton, said her father was out running errands at Hyde Park Produce at the busy Kimbark Plaza Shopping Center when he was attacked.
His car was parked in front of the Leonaâs pizzeria in the shopping center, with his license plate holder that proudly showed off his military service.
âVietnam veteran, Marine – served this country,â said Cooperâs son-inn-law, Curtis Carlton.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 3 Wounded In Shooting In Park Manor
Keinika Carlton described her father as a man who loved jazz music, sports, science fiction, and scary movies.
âItâs ridiculous. It doesnât make any sense. Itâs like, you know, if you need a car, thereâs ways to get a car,â Carlton said. âThatâs not the way â to harm an old man, somebodyâs dad.â
Cooper drove his black Hyundai for Uber and Lyft, but his family said they donât believe he was driving for either rideshare service at the time of the carjacking.
âI know youâre going to eventually lose a parent. I would rather him went in his sleep, or something like that, but not like this. This was selfish. This is painful,â Keinika Carlton said.
âYou didnât even get his car. You took his life,â Curtis Carlton added. âIt was two guys preying on a senior citizen.â
The carjackers fled north on Kimbark Avenue, but were arrested a short time later a few blocks away after witnesses helped identify them to police.
Cooper’s family said they appreciate those witnesses for their efforts.MORE NEWS: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham
Late Wednesday, the official cause of Cooperâs death had not been determined. But his family says he does have a history of heart problems and fear he may have died from heart complications.